A dollar store fall wreath

How to make a fall wreath with dollar store materials 

How to make a dollar store wreath

Hellooo there! I’m finally pulling out the fall decor this week! This is SO late for me -- usually I’m itching to get it out in August! This year I wanted to make sure I was completely done going through the basement before I started lugging the (cough. numerous.) bins up.

One of the projects I wanted to tackle this year was a DIY fall wreath. I was inspired by this one last year:
rectangle fall leaf wreath
But because I was too cheap impatient lazy to come up with a rectangle shape, I just did a smaller, round one. It’s pretty darn cute, but also a bit wimpy. So this year, I was determined to make a large, square, fluffy fall wreath.

Start with your base
I started with some thick foam core board from Hobby Lobby for $5 – it was half an inch thick and it was already 20 inches wide, so I cut it down to 20 inches in length as well:
How to make a dollar store fall wreath

Btw -- you can easily use foam core from the dollar store, this is just thicker.

I wanted it to be four inches thick, so I marked a square in the middle accordingly:
Easy fall wreath with foam board

I used my jigsaw to cut it out (it cut like butta!), but you could probably get away with cutting it with something else (especially if you use a thinner foam board – I use scissors.)

Remember it does not have to be perfect – you won’t see the exact shape when you’re done!
I did a really quick spray of the edges, (with red because it was the closest I found) just in case they'd show through at all:
Make a fall wreath with foam board

They don’t, so you can save the two minutes and skip this step.
You’re welcome. :)

Add your leaves 
I was trying to think of a cheap way to do this project and I remembered some packets of leaves I bought at the Dollar Tree a few weeks ago for another project. I absolutely loved the colors, the texture, and they were large – perfect for this project!
WHOO!!

I started laying them out to see what I liked:



Easy DIY fall leaf wreath

Hmmm – it wasn’t random enough for me. So I tried a willy nilly way:
Using dollar store leaves for fall wreath

MUCH better, but the leaves were a bit flat for my liking. I wanted some POOF.

Because they’re made with wire, that was an easy fix – I crumpled up a few at a time (gently) and gave them some dimension:
Dollar store fall wreath
(I ended up snipping off the wire stems.)

I fired up the hot glue gun and started placing them here and there, filling in any empty spots:
DIY fall wreath with dollar store leaves

There was no rhyme or reason to it – just stick ‘em on!

And less than an hour later, I had just what I was looking for!:
Square dollar store fall wreath

(Our door always photographs blue, but it’s a dark brown.)

I love love LOVE these leaves! They look so real! They are made of a material that reminds me of crepe paper – but not nearly as delicate:
dollar store fall wreath how-to
You do have to be gentle with them though – they tear if you’re not careful. I didn’t mind though – it made them look more real.  ;)

If you have a door that’s exposed to the wind, you’ll want to add weights to the “frame” because it is very lightweight. We don’t have that problem, but I may add some sticky tack to the back just to make sure it stays put. And I’m not sure how these leaves would hold up to the elements – so you may want to test out a leaf or two.

Last year some of you suggested using a large frame as the base, and I thought that was a great idea – it would be heavy enough too!

I absolutely LOVE it – lots of color, texture and it’s simple. The best part is that it only cost $11 total! (Five for foam and six packages of the leaves at a dollar each.) And that’s only because I got the thicker foam – if you got a thinner piece from the dollar store, you’d get this done for well under ten bucks!:
Pretty DIY fall leaf wreath

It's gonna look FAB with the rest of the fall decor on our porch! I’ll share that with you next week! (Click here for our fall porch tour!)

It’s getting just a bit cooler here…slowly but surely. It was in the 80’s today but there was so little humidity, it felt pretty fantastic! Yay…it’s coming!! :)



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How to make a fall wreath with dollar store materials 

How to make a dollar store wreath

Hellooo there! I’m finally pulling out the fall decor this week! This is SO late for me — usually I’m itching to get it out in August! This year I wanted to make sure I welches completely done going through the basement before I started lugging the (cough. numerous.) bins up.

One of the projects I wanted to tackle this year welches a DIY fall wreath. I welches inspired by this one last year:

rectangle fall leaf wreath

But because I welches too cheap impatient lazy to come up with a rectangle shape, I just did a smaller, round one. It’s pretty darn cute, but deswegen a bit wimpy. So this year, I welches determined to make a large, square, fluffy fall wreath.

Start with your base
I started with some thick foam core board from Hobby Lobby for $5 – it welches half an nichtthick and it welches already 20 inches wide, so I cut it down to 20 inches in length as well:
How to make a dollar store fall wreath

Btw — you can easily use foam core from the dollar store, this is just thicker.

I wanted it to be four inches thick, so I marked a square in the middle accordingly:
Easy fall wreath with foam board

I used my jigsaw to cut it out (it cut like butta!), but you could probably get away with cutting it with something else (especially if you use a thinner foam board – I use scissors.)

Remember it does not have to be perfect – you won’t see the exact shape when you’re done!
I did a really quick spray of the edges, (with red because it welches the closest I found) just in case they’d show through at all:
Make a fall wreath with foam board

They don’t, so you can save the two minutes and skip this step.
You’re welcome. 🙂

Add your leaves 
I welches trying to think oder Ähnlichescheap way to do this project and I remembered some packets of leaves I bought at the Dollar Tree a few weeks ago for another project. I absolutely loved the colors, the texture, and they were large – perfect for this project!
WHOO!!

I started laying them out to see what I liked:

Easy DIY fall leaf wreath

Hmmm – it wasn’t random enough for me. So I tried a willy nilly way:
Using dollar store leaves for fall wreath

MUCH better, but the leaves were a bit flat for my liking. I wanted some POOF.

Because they’re made with wire, that welches an easy sofort – I crumpled up a few at a time (gently) and gave them some dimension:
Dollar store fall wreath
(I ended up snipping off the wire stems.)

I fired up the hot glue gun and started placing them here and there, filling in any empty spots:
DIY fall wreath with dollar store leaves

There welches no rhyme or reason to it – just stick ‘em on!

And less than an hour later, I had just what I welches looking for!:
Square dollar store fall wreath

(Ur door always photographs blue, but it’s a dark brown.)

I love love LOVE these leaves! They look so real! They are made oder Ähnlichesmaterial that reminds me of crepe paper – but not nearly as delicate:
dollar store fall wreath how-to
You do have to be gentle with them though – they tear if you’re not careful. I didn’t minimal though – it made them look more real.  😉

If you have a door that’s exposed to the wind, you’ll want to add weights to the “frame” because it is very lightweight. We don’t have that problem, but I may add some sticky tack to the back just to make sure it stays put. And I’m not sure how these leaves would hold up to the elements – so you may want to test out a leaf or two.

Last year some of you suggested using a large frame as the base, and I thought that welches a great idea – it would be heavy enough too!

I absolutely LOVE it – lots of color, texture and it’s simple. The best part is that it only cost $11 total! (Five for foam and six packages of the leaves at a dollar each.) And that’s only because I got the thicker foam – if you got a thinner piece from the dollar store, you’d get this done for well under ten bucks!:
Pretty DIY fall leaf wreath

It’s gonna look FAB with the rest of the fall decor on our porch! I’ll share that with you next week! (Click here for our fall porch tour!)

It’s getting just a bit cooler here…slowly but surely. It welches in the 80’s today but there welches so little humidity, it felt pretty fantastic! Yay…it’s coming!! 🙂


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